There are 4 main types of multiple sclerosis (MS). Each type has different features and prognosis:

  • Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS): This type shows clearly defined relapses (attacks) with partial or complete recovery. It affects around 85% of all people with MS.
  • Secondary progressive MS (SPMS): Within 10 years, about half of patients with relapsing-remitting MS will go on to develop secondary progressive MS. Due to a steady increase in disability, people with this form of MS experience less distinct relapses over time. They may experience periods of worsening and improvement, but their disability steadily worsens.
  • Primary progressive MS: This type shows no clear relapses, but over a period of years, there is gradual loss of physical and cognitive (thinking, memory, and planning) functions. This form of MS affects about 10% of all people with MS.
  • Progressive-relapsing MS: This type has relapses with or without some recovery and steadily worsens over time. It affects about 5% of people with MS.
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